Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Anime 2010

This week marks the end of the Winter Anime of 2010. The following are the scheduled animes that will air for the Spring 2010 (after the jump)

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats! takes place in the afterlife, and follows the main protagonist Otonashi, a boy who lost his memories of his life after dying. He is enrolled into the afterlife school, which exists as a middle ground between heaven and earth, where students learn to give up any lingering attachments they still have from life before finally going to heaven. While the injuries or cause of death is gone, those in the afterlife school still can feel pain or other things as they did when they were alive. Otonashi meets a girl named Yuri who invites him to join the SSS—Shinda Sekai Sensen (死んだ世界戦線?, lit. Afterlife War Front)—an organization she leads which fights against God. The student council at the school, led by the student council president and angel Tenshi, is in charge of keeping the status quo and serve to fight against the SSS.


Ikkitōsen: Xtreme Xecutor

This new season will feature most existing characters from previous seasons and a new character will make its appearance. The animation will be done by TNK in collaboration with ARMS


Heroman

Orphaned American boy Joey lives with his grandmother, working at a restaurant in the West Coast city of Center City, while going to school. Upon hearing of a new toy robot called the Heybo, Joey believes that getting one will make his life better, turning him into a hero to protect his friends and family. However, he cannot afford to buy such a robot on his meager salary. His luck changes when he picks up a broken down Heybo abandoned by a school bully.He tries to fix it, naming it Heroman, but does not have any luck in getting it to work. However, when his friend Lina is kidnapped by a man being possessed by an ancient armor and he and his Heybo are struck by a mysterious bolt of lightning, Heroman comes to life as a giant robot and Joey controls Heroman and saves Lina. Now, Joey and Heroman are Earth's only defense against the evil insectoid Skrugg aliens, unknowingly summoned to Earth by Joey's science teacher.


Jewelpet

Jewelpet is an anime series based on the toy characters created as a joint-venture between Sanrio, and third-party video game publisher Sega.Produced by Kazuya Watanabe and animated by Studio Comet, the series premiered in 5 April 2009 on TV Osaka and TV Tokyo spanning 52 episodes, and replacing Onegai My Melody Kirara★ in its initial timeslot. The series's theme is jewels and magic. A second season, titled Jewelpet Tinkle☆ (ジュエルペット てぃんくる☆?) is planned to be released on April 3, 2010 and will be produced also by Studio Comet. The second series will focus on a new character named Akari Sakura.Two Manga spinoffs were created and both were serialized by Shogakukan.


Kiss×sis

Kiss×sis's story begins with Keita Suminoe, a male third-year junior-high school student studying for his high school entrance exams. He is living in a home with his older twin stepsisters, Ako and Riko, who kiss, flash, and display their love for him in public. They help him prepare for his exams. Although they share no blood-relation to him, Keita begins to become romantically attracted to his two stepsisters and initially dislikes himself for it. Seeing this attraction, his two parents encourage him to eventually get married to one of them.


Shin Koihime Musō: Otome Tairan

a Japanese adult visual novel and Strategy Game based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It was developed by BaseSon, and was first released on January 26, 2007 for the PC as two DVD-ROMs, followed by a re-release on April 11, 2008 containing an extra CD-ROM. The gameplay in Koihime Musō follows a linear plot line, which offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the female main characters. A PlayStation 2 version, titled Koihime Musō (恋姫†夢想?) developed by Yeti and published by Regista was released on October 30, 2008.A new version of Koihime with many new characters Shin Koihime Musō: Otome Ryōran Sangokushi Engi (真・恋姫†無双 〜乙女繚乱☆三国志演義〜?) was released on December 26, 2008. European game publisher MangaGamer recently announced that they have acquired licensing rights to the first game and have slated its release at around April 2010.


K-on!!

The season two of the highly successful anime of Spring 2009.
K-On!'s story revolves around four Japanese high school girls who join their school's light music club to try to save it from being abolished. However, they are the only members of the club, and at first Yui Hirasawa, the main character, has no experience playing musical instruments or reading sheet music. Eventually, she learns how to be an excellent guitar player. The rest of the club helps her to buy a guitar, and they perform successfully at the school festival.


Mayoi Neko Overrun!

The story revolves around Takumi Tsuzuki, a boy who lives with his older "sister" Otome, although the two have no blood ties between them. Otome manages a run-down confectionary store called Stray Cats. One day, Otome picks up a mysterious beautiful girl off the streets.

Also, many of the characters from the series To Love-Ru can usually be seen amongst the characters, suggesting this is in the same city as that series.


Maid Sama!

Seika High School, once an all-boys school notorious for its wild students and for generally being a terrifying place for girls, has recently become a co-ed school. With the female population still a minority and living in fear of the over-the-top antics of the males, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it into her own hands to reform the school and allow the girls to feel safe in the rough environment.

Training, studying and even becoming the first female student council president of the school, Misaki has gained a reputation among the male students body as an uptight boy-hating dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her tough-as-nails appearance, she secretly works part-time at a maid cafe in order to support her family. Unfortunately, her hard-earned reputation is threatened when the popular and somewhat impassive Usui Takumi takes an interest in her after discovering her in a maid uniform after school.


Ring ni Kakero

The story centers around the life of a young boxer named Ryuuji Takane and his sister Kiku, who is his coach. Ryuuji and his sister both inherited their father's talent for boxing with Ryuuji inheriting his strength and techniques while Kiku picked up his talent for analysis and strategy. In the past, their father was a famous boxer. Ryuuji and Kiku went away from home to train and become famous in order to help their lonely mother. On the way to stardom, they have to defeat the strongest challengers all over the world.

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru

Sakurai Yuki is a mysterious boy with a mysterious power. Right after he was born, his mother left him near an orphanage, and he was later found. Because of that event, Yuki strives for independence. He hates being a burden to anyone near him, but at the same time, he is afraid of being left alone. Moreover, ever since he can remember he had a strange ability where when he touches others, he can feel their emotion. Unable to control it, he often made insensitive blunders in the past. He later meets with a mysterious yet beautiful man who saves his life, but somehow he feels so nostalgic, like he's met him before. While death threats and his ability increasing, a man who claimed to be his older brother suddenly appears, so what will Yuki do when he learns the truth?


Working!!

Working!! is a Japanese four-panel comic strip manga series written and illustrated by Karino Takatsu. It began serialization in the January 2005 issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan seinen manga magazine. The first bound volume was released in November 2005 in Japan; as of March 2009, six volumes have been released. Square Enix released three drama CDs between 2007 and 2009 with scripts written by Shōgo Mukai. An anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike will begin airing in Japan on April 4, 2010.

Globe 4438


Have you seen the latest viral advertisement of Globe lately? It was shown over the internet and can be seen during primetime programming. So what is 4438? Learn everything after the jump

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2)What text do we get from 4438?
What you will receive from 4438 is good news for all loyal Globe, Tattoo and TM subscribers like you. Make sure your phone is with you the whole day on April 4 so you’d discover what it really is soonest.

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You will receive the message anytime within April 4. Make sure your cellphone is alive and kicking on this day so you won’t be the last to know what this awesome 4438 message is all about!

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All Globe, Tattoo and TM subscribers will receive this special message from 4438 on April 4.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Holy Week?


It's Holy Week once again. But wherever I go people talk about vacations and parties. I understand if they are from other religions but they are Catholic like me. Is the spiritual meaning of the Holy Week forgotten? Is Holy Week now an excuse to go to resorts? Can we not give just one day (Good Friday) to repent? Can we not express our gratitude to Jesus? Can we not realize the ultimate sacrifice He had done to save us? We are not here to mourn His death and suffering but to celebrate His triumph over death. Jesus sacrificed everything for you,can you sacrifice something for Him?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Presidential candidate's sis hacks rival's website

How does an English Literature major hack someone else's website? Try asking 'Kris Aquino'.

According to reports from Yahoo! Philippines, a person using the female celebrity's name recently hacked the website of Sen. Manny Villar, who happens to be the opponent of Aquino's brother, Sen. Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino Jr., in the upcoming Presidential elections.

The hacker went as far as leaving a blog entry in Villar's website and then redirecting it to Noynoy's.

If you've been following Kris for some time, though she can afford the latest trends in technology and possesses the knowledge to utilize the features, she's not likely capable of pulling off something as complex as hacking.

Though you have to admit the blog post was kind of funny and could raise suspicion among Villar supporters.

We know Kris all too well because she's such an open book. Often, she would talk about her problems in public, whether it's breaking up with a comedian/former politician for a boyfriend, or having an MVP for a husband cheat on you, twice. And she ain't one to deny that she's filthy rich. She'll flaunt the most expensive stuff, and drink only an expensive brand of bottled water just so we know. She also speaks Taglish (A combination of Tagalog, a Filipino dialect, and English) with so much conviction, a reminder that she is among elites. Lastly, once she starts opening her mouth, expect her to sound overdramatic.

Try putting all the aforementioned into consideration and you just might think that Kris did write the subject post. Then again, even for someone like Kris, it's just too overdramatic. Then again, being the tactless woman that she is, it's not impossible for her to say stuff like that. Then again, she probably won't do something blatantly because it might ruin Noynoy's chances. Then again, maybe that's how she wants us to think, when in reality she is actually behind this and…this could go on forever (because even after the elections, the debate continues with some politicians whining and complaining about being cheated).

So what do you guys think?

Whatever the case may be, as we countdown the days to the May 2010 elections, things will only get nastier and the trend of dirty politics in the country continues… -Marlone Viardo




Saturday, March 20, 2010

Second week in 3rd BU

It was not long ago that I finally entered the 3rd Business Unit territory and my training is now at it's dawn. The part of me that was still holding on to the 1st BU was put to the test today as the admin announced the winner of the recent sportsfest. 1st BU was on 2nd place, a feat we never expected, as we jokingly told each other that we always won third in almost every event during the sportsfest, so we expected 3rd place. I couldn't explain the delight I had felt as I heard the news, the only thing is, I'm now on 3rd BU..I can no longer share the triumph with the 1st BU peeps, especially those on WEBCC. The JLPT passers were also announced. I suddenly remembered that I was planning to congratulate my project mates personally the moment they received their certificates, but that never happened today...and will never will.Anyway, unexpectedly, the newcomers,like me, were introduced in front of the whole business unit. It's like first day all over again. The uncertainties disappeared as I felt that I was welcome there. I'll try my best with my new family the way I did with 1st BU...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Earth Hour 2010


March 27, 2010 will be the opportunity for each and everyone of us to voice out our concerns for the salvation of our home..Earth. Join Earth Hour by switching off your lights for an hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm (local time) to save energy and deliver a testament that we will do anything to save our beloved home. Visit the official website

Time to Show some Love

I was preparing my things and was about to leave home for work when I caught a glimpse of today's episode of ABS-CBN's Showtime.

I'm not actually a hardcore fan of the show. Though I watch it regularly, I don't watch the entire program which starts at around 10:30 a.m. and wraps up at around 12:00 p.m. And the reason behind it is I'm switching channels between ABS-CBN, BTV and Jack.

Now, don't expect me to berate on the five judges who are usually just repeating what the first person says, or about the lack of the originality of the concept of the program (though I must admit that ABS-CBN is doing a better job right now compared to TV5's Talentadong Pinoy), or about the absence of actual talent (in my opinion, you can rehearse a dance routine for zillion times until you achieve perfection) on the show, or how naïve these youngsters are in forming groups composed of so many members (it's pretty difficult to see fluidity or clarity in the contestants' choreography because their number, and they have to admit that they also take in non-dancers in their respective groups, all for the sake of a few seconds of fame). No, we won't talk about any of those.

What I want to talk about is the Buko (coconut) King, and I'm talking about the real deal, the original Buko King. And if you're wondering what he's gotta to do with all of this then read on.

Like I said, I saw today's episode of Showtime. For all the viewers out there, I hope you recalled this group that had its members in Tarzan-motif costumes, and one of them was a guy stripping coconuts of their shells using his teeth. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that guy is Joselito Montemayor, THE Joselito Montemayor.


Back in the 90s, this guy earned semi-celebrity status by doing this kind of thing on Eat Bulaga where he was first baptized as the Buko King. The moniker was so effective nobody cared what his real name was, and whenever Joey de Leon and Vic Sotto would call out the Buko King, the image of Montemayor, his long hair and bandana, comes to mind.

If that's the case, how come neither the judges nor the hosts of Showtime even recognized him? Not even Kuya Kim who's supposed to be the brainy one. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Montemayor had TV guestings in some shows abroad and even held a Guiness World Record (though I've searched the Internet high and low and didn't find anything on such record). And if memory serves me right, before Pacman, Buko King was the next best thing to Lea Salonga, Banig, Paeng Nepomuceno and Efren 'Bata' Reyes in the international sensation category. You got to be someone great if you got your name mentioned with those four people in the same breath.

You might think that I'm exaggerating this guy's reputation but he made a name for himself during a decade when the Eraserheads were in our heads, the Internet was not yet a household term and websites like YouTube were non-existent. That has got to amount to something at least.

And if Showtime's staff and crew are going to tell me that he's old news, GMA's Magpakailanman and Unang Hirit just featured him in a not so distant past. So getting some info as to who Montemayor was shouldn't take a rocket scientist.

I don't know if the program's researchers overlooked this matter or just didn't bring it up since he got his accolades from the other side of the fence. Call me nostalgic but I strongly believe this man deserves some love. A simple introduction would've sufficed so the audience, who were either too young or too preoccupied with other shows/stuff to know him, could have an idea of the man who was in front of them.

And like I told you, I don't watch the entire show so I don't know if they eventually recognized him or if he's group won. He may be no hero, but the guy is a king, the Buko King. Show some love. -Marlone Viardo

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Know thy Target

Serves 'em right.

Known and feared by sailors and considered as the terror of the high seas, the infamous Somali Pirates made a recent blunder by attacking a, guess what – a Dutch warship.

Yeah, you read it right. A WARSHIP.

With the success these pirates had in the past when it comes to hijacking ships traversing the Arabian Sea, it's quite surprising that they don't have any means in determining the identity of their target.

According to Yahoo! News, the crew of the HNLMS Tromp fired warning shots when they saw two small vessels approaching their ship. This thwarted the assault and convinced the suspected Somali Pirates to turn back.

EU Naval Forces personnel eventually caught up with the suspected pirates on another ship where they found ammunition and firearms on board. Authorities destroyed the two small vessels and set the pirates free on the ship where they were found, after it was cleared of weapons.

Quoting Cmdr. John Harbour, this incident shows "a lack of sophistication in the pirate's selection of targets" and that this serves as a warning "that the pirates will try to attack any vessel on the high seas."

What's going through my head right now was what could've been had the crew of the HNLMS Tromp didn't fire warning shots even if they were aware of the approaching vessels. It would've been like an episode of MTV's Punk'd.

Wait! That's a brilliant idea. If the Somali Pirates will attack any and I mean any ship, why not get a passenger liner, put Ashton Kutcher and a TV crew on board, add a group of heavily armed soldiers and some hulking UFC fighters into the mix, have them hide themselves, and once the SPs hop on board, the hidden passengers show up and you got a stick-'em-up-or-we'll-screw-you-badly scenario. And then Kutcher starts laughing and explaining to the SPs what's going on.

Now that's SWEET! With reference to Dude Where's My Car? -Marlone Viardo

Sunday, March 14, 2010

[Review]Alice in Wonderland


Before watching this film you should know the following facts: first, this is based from the book, second, this is a sequel and third, IMAX rock!

Many were complaining about the story. "It was not as I remembered" or "Why is Alice not a kid anymore?" that sort of stuff. You should be aware that this is the sequel to the original Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It was sort of happened 13 years after the original story (it was later revealed in the movie). To me, it was a good twist to the story and I just remembered my childhood memories of the story. The musical score was spectacular (I was watching it on IMAX 3D) and the whole world of wonderland was very gorgeous. My only complain was the 3D wasn't fully utilized (or was I just looking for more eyecandy?) but the whole film was a huge leap from the previous adaptations of the popular story. Relieve your childhood fantasies as you watch this film. Before I forgot, Johnny Depp once again gave a beautiful performance as the Mad Hatter

Friday, March 12, 2010

First week in 3rd BU

As I timed-in on the DTR last Monday I saw the words 3rd BU VS Dept. below my name. I guess it's official that I'm no longer part of the 1st BU, the department that became my family. The first week is a week of adjustment. I no longer drop-off usually at 31st floor. I no longer open the lights and aircon like I usually do. I no longer fiddle with the things of my seatmate before opening my desktop and double checking my time in. It was sad but that's reality...

Today I got the chance to come to the 1st BU office for the soon to be married colleagues had a delicious treat. I got the chance to sit on my previous workstation and joke around with my former project mates. But as the clock stroke 3:30 I had no choice but to return once again to my new office. As painful as it is, I have to accept the reality that I am no longer part of the 1st BU.

Time to move forward. I need to be fair with my new family, the 3rd BU. I should not close my doors to them and I'll try my best to be part of their community.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Isa ka bang 1st BU?


Ano ba ang 1st BU? Ang Tsukiden kasi eh kinakatawan ng tatlong BU o Business Unit. 1st BU ay may CP (Communications Platform) at CA (Communications Application). Ang 2nd BU ay may International at Local clients, nandito rin ang mga dating Infrastructure. Ang 3rd BU naman ay may tie-up with Denso. Ano ba pinagkaiba ng 1st BU sa ibang BU? Basahin ng malaman.

1. Kilala sa mga makulit at mabongang performance na siguradong gugulat sa lahat

Sa katatapos lang na company outing...Ra ra a a a roma roma mama..alam na!

2. Hindi papatalo sa trash talk.

Asarin niyo na ang lahat wag lang ang 1st BU kung ayaw niyong umiyak

3. Very well coordinated

Mula sa pakain hanggang sa pagbili ng pare parehong costume wala ng mas magaling diyan kundi ang 1st BU. Kahit nga sa pagsagot ng online survey eh maasahan mo ang 1st BU.

4. Sama sama sa inuman

Nasa 1st BU na ata ang mga beterano sa inuman. Umaabot hangagang madaling araw sa inuman! Nakakagawa ng paraan para matuloy ang inuman. Tagay lang ng tagay!

5. Mga tunay na kaibigan

Sabi nila ang tunay na kaibigan sinasabi ang katotohanan sayo. Sa 1st BU hindi uso ang plastikan at kung may hindi man pagkakaunawaan ay napag uusapan naman (see number 4 for details). Dito ko naramdaman na ang mga bossing mo ay hindi mababa ang tingin sayo, bagkus, para silang mga tatay, nanay, ate at kuya na tutulong sayo sa iyong mga problema.


Sa kasawiang palad, huling beses ko ng kapiling sila kanina sa outing, dahil bukas ay magsisimula na ako sa 3rd BU. Naging pamilya na ang turing ko sa 1st BU, at tinanggap nila ako kung ano ako at dun ako nagpapasalamat. Pinagmamalaki ko naging parte ako ng 1st BU at kahit nasa kabilang bakod na ako eh mananatiling 1st BU ang first love ko.

I left my heart at 1st BU..

thank you guys for the memories....

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Yahoo! Sports loses Skeets to The Score

What's there to love about Canada?

Well there's Canadian Bacon, maple and the distinct accent. And for the sports fan in you, there's ice hockey, ice skating, the recent 2010 Winter Olympics, the Toronto Raptors, Steve Nash and J.E. Skeets.

Wait, J.E. who?

To be honest, I know very little about Canada and had very little interest until the South Park kids kept talking about it, and until Vince Carter started dunking in Air Canada Centre. Having a friend who spent some time in Canada also helped.

Ah, but Skeets, now that guy is All-Canadian. He gave me some idea what Canada is all about and influenced my blogging as well.

As a basketball junkie, I had to get my fix from NBA.com on a daily basis. But after accidentally running into Skeets at Yahoo! Sports, I realized there's life after NBA (game) through Ball Don't Lie.

Unlike the opinions posted by seasoned sportscasters in NBA.com, which focuses more on the nitty gritty of basketball, Skeets' take on matters, as well as that of other Yahoo! Sports bloggers, are often atoned to the lighter side. They talk about almost anything that has something to do with pro-ballers, related or unrelated to the game.

Skeets is the one who writes and edits entries for BDL. And though his arguments and opinions may not always seem valid, it definitely gives people something to talk about. Just check out a BDL entry and you'll find hundreds of comments and reactions below.

Thanks to his freestyle and loose approach, BDL is always an appealing alternative from all the hardcore, hard court stuff the NBA and NBA.com offers.

Fortunately, all that writing and podcasting has done some good for Skeets. After earning recognition for his works in BDL and The Basketball Jones, Skeets and co. got some love from The Score, who will now televise TBJ.

This event ends Skeets longtime partnership with Yahoo! Sports, and the end of all those hilarious-sometimes-doesn't-make-sense-albeit-entertaining blogs. This leaves me, and a lot of BDLers out there with nothing. You hear that Skeets. Nothing!

I'm not really much of a TBJ guy because I do most of my surfing at work. And since there are restrictions and a firewall in the office, I seldom watch and instead read entries in BDL. But now that Skeets is gone, it looks like the days of all those fun blogs are over.

Sure, I can always visit The Score (or maybe not thanks to firewalls), and someone as good is bound to take Skeets' place. But I can't deny that Yahoo! Sports won't be the same without the Canadian. And I probably won't ever get used to watching TBJ outside of BDL. Sorry Skeets.

Skeets presence will sorely be missed in the pages of Yahoo! and that's proof that he is among the things you could love about Canada. The best of luck Skeets. Ball don't lie man, ball don't lie. -Marlone Viardo